There has been an explosion in people keeping bees for a hobby. But for many, beekeeping is a bigger commitment than they expected. This week we are joined by Carolyn Breece who will help you figure out if beekeeping for you and what’s involved in getting started.
Carolyn Breece supports the field research of the OSU Honey Bee Lab. She manages the lab’s 80 research and educational colonies, preparing them for experiments, and collecting data. She also teaches classes and workshops to community beekeepers, OSU undergraduates, and Oregon Master Beekeeper participants.
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- Oregon Master Beekeeper Program
- OSU Honey Bee Lab
- Bee Schools in Oregon
- Carolyn’s book recommendations:
A Book of Bees (Sue Hubbell, 1998) – the book that got Carolyn started
The Beekeeper’s Handbook (Diana Sammataro, Alphonse Avitabile 2011)
Anything by Tom Seeley
- Carolyn’s Go-to-Tools:
hive tool, forceps, Paul Kelly bee belt
- Carolyn’s favorite pollinator: Honey Bee (Apis mellifera), bees in the Halictidae (“they make me feel like I have done something right”)